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With Summer upon us, we have plenty of options and unique locations for you to consider.

Our cycling trails take you around our villages so you can discover our Tiny Towns, visit our fabulous Farmers' Markets with an abundance of fresh local produce, our historical buildings are full of grandeur from a bygone era, join the goldrush (our area is a popular prospecting region), visit our museums, go swimming to cool off, or treat yourself to one of our gastronomy delights. 

Make us your next destination.

We have you covered!

 

 

 

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Goldfields Reservoir

Goldfields Reservoir is located just off the Ballarat Maryborough Road at Reservoir Road.

This location is a popular family recreational area with a walking track, nature playground, grassed area on the bank, scenic lake, undercover BBQ, toilets surrounded by forest area.

A great location for walking, cycling, fishing, walking your dog, that family picnic, or some canoeing and cool off swim.

Join in the Saturday morning Goldfields Parkrun event.

 

 

 

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Talbot Farmers' Market

The Talbot Farmers' Market showcases our finest local produce. Meander along the historic streetscapes of Talbot and embrace the atmosphere, whilst searching for a bargain. The Talbot Farmers' Market and Town Hall Market are held on the third Sunday of each month (9am-1pm).

Call into the Talbot Provedore and Eatery to sample some local fine produce and wines.

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Historical Tours

Visit Maryborough and Surrounds, boasts an abundance of historical buildings.

You'll be amazed at our beautifully preserved heritage listed precincts.

See our historical tour: HERE

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Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre Indoor Pool & Outdoor Pools

The Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre has a fabulous indoor pool facility.

Bookings and further details: HERE

 

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Recreational Areas

Visit Maryborough and Surrounds has amazing areas to keep active and improve your mental well being.

See further details: HERE

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Cycle The Goldfields

Experience the history of the Central Goldfields by cycling the eight tracks through the many parks, forests, reserves offering spectacular scenery and riding conditions. All tracks differ in difficulty and distance. You can download off our website or call in and pick up your hard copy of the cycle maps at the Central Goldfields Visitor Centre.

View maps: HERE

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Tullaroop Reservoir

Tullaroop Reservoir located near Carisbrook, is a great spot for fishing and picnics. The grassy area alongside the reservoir has multiple wood fire barbecues and plenty of tables and chairs. There is a large expanse of grass and a few shady areas beneath the trees.

Fishing boats are now permitted on the reservoir, view details HERE

 

 

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Get Back To Nature And Explore Paddy's Ranges

Paddy’s Ranges State Park is a beautiful Box-Ironbark Forest located on the outskirts of Maryborough 🌲

You’ll discover:

🌾 230 species of wildflowers

🎋 30 varieties of orchids

🦉 140 native bird species

🚴‍♀️ cycling trails

🚶🏽‍♂️ bush walks

🚗 driving tracks

🐎 horse riding

🕳 prospecting areas

⛺️ free camping area

🧺 picnic areas

Further details ➡️ https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/.../paddys-ranges-state...

View map: HERE

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Mt Bealiba & Bealiba Reservoir

Bealiba Reservoir is located not far out of the small rural township of Bealiba.

You'll find plenty of shady areas to set up that family day out. Take your fishing rod, your lunch and your walking boots to spend the day walking around the tracks, fishing, climbing nearby Mt Bealiba or just experiencing peace and quiet. 

There are toilets, fire BBQ's and table and chairs.

Directions: HERE

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Museums & Historic Precincts

  • Immerse yourself in history and pay a visit to the Dunolly Goldfields Museum and the Dunolly Court House. With wonderful historical displays, memorabilia and tours, you'll take a walk back in history.
  • The Museum of Australian History and Art, has excellent displays of aboriginal culture and artifacts, artwork, and early Australian settlement.
  • Worsley Cottage Museum, specializes in genealogy, the squatter's hut and the original building and cottage gardens feature.
  • Talbot Museum and Communications, has displays of communication items throughout the century, also featuring the original Amherst School.
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Visit the Flicks!

The Maryborough Paramount Theatre is a fully restored historical theatre, with twin cinemas and a great candy bar.

They cater for large group bookings, kids birthday parties, and ensure you enjoy the latest release in comfort.

 

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Prospecting Areas

Whether you're an expert or a novice, and enjoy searching for gold, then our region has an abundance of areas that will keep you looking.

Coiltek Gold Centre is open every day for that extra assistance and prospecting tours.

Take a visit to Moliagul where the famous 'Welcome Stranger' nugget was discovered.

Details: HERE

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Gastronomy Guide

View the Gastronomy Guide, highlighting some great options in our region.

 

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Summer Accommodation Options

Visit Maryborough and Surrounds has some wonderful options for you to consider. It might be that comfortable motel room, that caravan park with wonderful amenities, a hotel with grandeur, a dining option with your over night stay, a quaint Bed & Breakfast, or spacious self contained apartment, or are you seeking an experience on a farm stay or a winery?

We have something for everyone.

View details: HERE

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Local Wineries

An ultimate experience for that escape is to visit one of our local wineries, and we have accommodation options also.

Amherst Wines located on the outskirts of Talbot, is an award winning winery, offering you tastings by appointment.

Craigie Wines offer distribution of their amazing Cab Sav and Shiraz by appointment.

Lillicur Winery B&B can offer you accommodation on a winery, and the opportunity to sample local produce.

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Alfresco Dining

Maryborough and Surrounds, boasts a plethora of exciting dining options that will satisfy all palates.

View details: HERE

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Our Art Trail

Visit Maryborough and Surrounds has an impressive display of art galleries, all presenting with their own theme and unique exhibitions.

MARYBOROUGH:

 

DUNOLLY:

TALBOT:

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Golden Nugget Discovery Tours of the Central Goldfields

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours caters for families and large groups, corporate, hen's parties, winery tours and ecotours.

A testament to the rich past of Maryborough and the central goldfields towns shows in the grand buildings, historic cottages and gracious homes.  The central goldfields are also home to the Box-Ironbark forests which abound with wild nature.

On this tour we take you to the heart of the goldfields – Maryborough and to the central goldfields with its myriad of goldfield towns that seemingly time has forgotten. It’s in the central goldfields where the largest nuggets of gold were found.

Maryborough is the largest town in the central goldfields and is rich in gold rush heritage government buildings, private homes, parks and gardens.

The myriad of central goldfields towns that we will visit are unique in their own way, towns that will visit are Creswick, Clunes, Talbot, Timor, Moliagul and Dunolly.

Paddy's Ranges State Park and Maryborough Regional Park wildflower showing in spring of golden wattle blossom amid the Box- Ironbark forest is a visual delight. Kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and numerous birds are also found in the forest.

For booking details: HERE

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Blue Gum Rise Alpaca Farm

If you're looking for that animal and farm experience, then Blue Gum Rise Alpaca Farm will be something you'll enjoy. Interact with beautiful alpacas and gain an insight into their behavior whilst embracing a working farm.

Book your tour: HERE

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Antiques, Collectables, Vintage & Giftwares

If you have a passion for collectables or unusual gifts, then we have a great selection for you to peruse:

MARYBOROUGH:

-Coach Factory Pickers

-Decor Room

-Maryborough Marketplace

-49 Nolan

BEALIBA:

-Serendipity

CARISBROOK:

-Carolines Colonial Restaurant & Memorabilia

DUNOLLY:

-Broadway Antiques & Collectables

-Dunolly Demolition Yard & Shop

-Treasure Chest

-Yellow Dog Vintage & Design

TALBOT:

-Barefoot Annie

-Corridor Gallery Tea Cosy Designs

-Crest Hermitage Art & Book Store

-Lyons Art and Objects

-Fyffe Street Emporium

-Slightly Bent Books

-Stuff N' Nonense

-Talbot Bazaar

-Railway Station Nursery

 

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Events

Stay up to date with our events throughout the Central Goldfields.

We have live music venues, markets, historical tours, the Redwood Cup Carnival, ghost tours all throughout Spring.

View details and updates: HERE